DWO caught up with 2|Entertain, Classic Doctor Who Commissioning
Editor, Dan Hall to discuss the 2011/12 releases.
It's been a busy year for 2|Entertain,
especially with the recent release of Day of the Daleks, which boasts
some of the finest features to date. How have you found the fan reaction
to the title?
Incredible! All over the world we've had a great
reaction. The work carried out by Steve Broster
, Mark Ayres
was incredible. And that has most definitely been shown by fan reaction.
It was great having screenings in London, Sydney and Melbourne to see
the work on the big screen, and see the delightful faces of fans!
Revisitations 3 had been on the cards for a while for 2011, there's been
a bit of radio silence regarding the release date, with some rumours
stating a March 2012 release. Has the aforementioned busy year
inevitably been responsible for the delay of the title, and owing to
previous success, will there likely be more Revisitation boxes in the
Certainly 2011 was very busy, and there were plans originally to release
it as the final title of the year. But due to one thing and another, the
date was moved across to the first half of 2012. Although we've still to
confirm an exact date, it is certainly planned for release in the next
As for more Revisitations, the concept of
reworking earlier DVD releases has been strongly embraced by buyers. I
am delighted that people have really enjoyed the updated restorations
and new VAM (Value Added Material). So, who can say what will happen?
We've already got a Vengeance on Varos coming,
which is in effect a standalone Revisitation title. Certainly there is
the opportunity to rework other earlier titles. Let's see what happens!
There's been a lot of excitement amongst fans for the upcoming Reign of
Terror DVD release, particularly for the animated missing episodes. How
different was the process of animating lost episodes this time round,
compared to the 2006 release of The Invasion? Is it your hope that
future missing stories can all be released this way?
This is a difficult question to answer, as
was not my commission. It was conceived and
produced by the marvellous James Goss
came in late in the game when most of the work was
But we have spent five years searching for ways to bring more animations
to the fore. And as is always the way, just when one is about to give
up, suddenly a new chance appears! And it really was like that.
came to be with a proposal, a brilliant showreel,
some great onboard talent and a cost base that worked for all. So
suddenly, it was all happening!
2012 is almost upon us, what Doctor Who titles can we look forward to
and what kind of release frequency can we expect?
Plan is that the release schedule should continue at around the same
rate as current, which is one about every three to four weeks. Although
there are fewer box sets in 2012 than 2011! Just two, I think.
Through our previous interviews with your good self over the years, our
visitors are getting to know you a bit better. We're going to dig a bit
deeper here and ask you what your favourite Classic Series adventure is
and why?2010 has brought fans three Doctor Who
box-sets so far, with The Cybermen set due out in August. Have you found
the combined packs have sold well, and could it open up the door for
season box-sets at some point in the future?
That's an easy one, Resurrection of the Daleks.
It features so many things I love: a backdrop that beautifully showcases
the lost history of my hometown London, Daleks and a fantastic
performance from Maurice Colbourne. But the main reason
is because it rekindled my love of Classic Doctor Who. I was living in
Philadelphia, PA when I felt homesick. My anglophile friend Scott who
worked in the local video store thrust a Resurrection VHS into my hand
and sent me away. 15 minutes later, mid-afternoon on a hot Philly summer
in the early 1990s, that music started up, I was in love all over again!
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